New study makes surprising findings on cerebral palsy negligence claims
Over the past seven years, South Africa’s provincial hospitals paid almost R10-bn in medical
negligence claims to patients. Research, commissioned by the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA), showed that almost 40% of these successful legal claims were for medical negligence that resulted in cerebral palsy, reported Fin24 (23 June 2021). Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to an infant’s developing brain resulting in neurological disorders that permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination. Although the majority of cerebral palsy cases were believed to have been caused by oxygen deprivation before or during labour, it is now widely accepted that cerebral palsy is often caused by a number of sequential factors including include maternal obesity, alcohol consumption and smoking, infections and birthweight.